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Our Learning

Literacy & Numeracy

Reading, writing and mathematics form the foundation of the curriculum and our aim is to develop students’ literacy and mathematical knowledge and skills to enhance their participation and contribution in all aspects of their school life and beyond.

To do this Ridgway School provides balanced programmes based on the NZ Curriculum and support documents, current pedagogy and best practice.

Learning Areas

Ridgway School pursues an integrated approach to curriculum learning areas with authentic learning contexts relevant to the lives of our students.

We are proud to be an Enviroschool and a Schoolgen school and we are committed to providing a future focused curriculum that emphasises the issues of sustainability, citizenship, globalisation, and enterprise. The Enviroschool Learning Cycle provides our preferred inquiry model.

Learning Groups

A collaborative approach to teaching is used at all levels with students and teachers working together in teams. Students will work with different peers and teachers from their whānau group at different times for varied purposes. Each student is connected with a home base teacher who is responsible for their well-being and educational success.

Assessment Statement

Reporting against National Standards is undertaken twice yearly using OTJs and assessment data. School-wide targets are based on the New Zealand Curriculum expectations and Education Counts data from comparable schools.

Differentiated programmes cater for individual needs and students and their whanau are fully involved in setting personalised learning goals.

Learning intentions and success criteria are co-constructed with students and learning progressions are shared to identify next steps and the purpose for learning. A range of formative assessment practices are used, including self and peer evaluations.

School wide data is collected to track progress and inform planning using the following…

-Maths: JAM, GLOSS, IKAN, basic facts & PAT Maths

-Reading: Running Records, STAR, e-asTTle

-Writing: samples of work analysed with e-asTTLe indicators, & exemplars

-Learning areas: skills and knowledge based assessment.

New Zealand Curriculum Expectations

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Year 7

Year 8

Level 1

Level 1

Level 2

Level 2

Level 3

Level 3

Level 4

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Achieving at

Level 2

Working towards Level 3

Achieving at

Level 3

Working towards Level 4

Achieving at

Level 4


Working towards Level 1

Achieving at

Level 1

Working towards Level 2


Numeracy Stage



Numeracy Stage



Numeracy Stage



Numeracy Stage



Numeracy Stage



Numeracy Stage



Numeracy Stage



Numeracy Stage


Early AP

How we work to achieve our goals:

1. School organisation and systems are established to promote a culture where our values are evident and practiced by all.

2. Our community is fully involved in student learning, school activities, and decision making processes.

3. Students actively participate in school life, with older students taking on varied responsibilities and fulfilling numerous leadership roles.

4. High student engagement in learning is maintained by providing choices within a broad curriculum, ensuring appropriate use of e-learning tools, and being clear about what is to be learnt.

5. The school’s property and resources support the curriculum and ensure equity of learning outcomes for all.

6. The Ridgway Curriculum is future focused to enhance student achievement by:

a. supporting students to demonstrate proficiency in the Key Competencies

b. promoting a collaborative learning culture

c. encouraging self-directed learning.

7. Teaching as Inquiry continually improves teaching practice and student achievement.

8. Students achieve or exceed the expectations of the New Zealand Curriculum and National Standards.

9. Year 8 graduates epitomise the Ridgway Leaver’s Profile.


IT resources 2016 by Ione & Tiger-Lily

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Reporting & Assessment


Mathematics - Numeracy

English - Literacy


Social Studies

PE, Health & Sport

The Arts


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Te Reo & Kapa Haka

Languages - French & Chinese



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